Developed by the Oak View Group, along with an investment and collaboration from Amazon, the arena is the first arena in the world targeting net-zero carbon certification through The Living Future Institute. In addition to exemplary features like the all-electric operations and the “Rain to Rink” system (creating the greenest ice in the NHL!), other stand-out features include the original 44-million-pound roof from the previous KeyArena which was reused in construction to significantly reduce the embodied carbon of the building, and the arena’s food program, led by executive chef Molly DeMers, which will be sourced locally on a seasonal basis to support regional farmers and producers, with all viable unused food from events donated to local community food programs.
Supporting local residents and organizations
Seattle Kraken and Storm tickets will also double as free public transit passes to promote use of public transportation for attendees versus driving, including the use of the refurbished Seattle Monorail.
In an effort to support local sustainable initiatives beyond the arena property, One Roof Foundation and Climate Pledge Arena, in collaboration with Amazon, are also providing $500,000 in funding to nonprofits in the Seattle area that are advancing environmental justice and positive social change. The nonprofits largely represent Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities and underserved areas.
In recognition of their incredible work, the 2021 grant award winners include:
- Bike Works, a South Seattle-based nonprofit that makes bicycling accessible and affordable to help empower youth and address climate change.
- Earthlab, a University of Washington initiative pushing boundaries and developing innovative, just, and equitable solutions to environmental challenges.
- Chief Seattle Club’s Sovereignty Farm project, a seed-to-table social enterprise that provides ways for Indigenous elders, apprentices, artisans, and farmers to grow Native foods and focus on land stewardship and food sovereignty.
- Duwamish River Clean Up Coalition, a community-based nonprofit representing the residents of the Duwamish Valley region of South Seattle. The group is focused on increasing youth engagement and education, supporting placemaking and placekeeping, improving air quality and respiratory health, and combating the hyper-local impacts of climate change.
- Lake City Collective, a grassroots, volunteer-run nonprofit advocating for a clean and safe environment for the families and youth from diverse communities in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood.
- Seattle Parks Foundation, a nonprofit partner to Seattle Parks and Recreation that brings people together to create a thriving, accessible, and connected system of public space for all people.
- Spark Northwest, which partners with communities to build an equitable clean-energy future for all.
- Transportation Choices, a policy and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to making transportation accessible to all in Washington state.